JVC just expanded their ProHD mobile news line-up by announcing the new GY-HM660 and HM620 pro camcorders, which are replacing the current GY-HM650 and GY-HM600 models. The new GY-HM660 and HM620 camcorders feature improved Full HD CMOS sensors, wireless streaming capabilities and a lot of other improvements to aid cameraman in the field of live ENG work.
The new GY-HM660 is presented as the industry’s first streaming camcorder with an integrated IFB (interruptible foldback) audio channel - a feature that will be available as a free firmware update in the near future. Both the GY-HM660 camera, which replaces the current GY-HM650, and the GY-HM620, which replaces the GY-HM600, not only feature new CMOS image sensors for greater sensitivity, but also have brighter 3.5 inch LCD displays for improved daylight viewing.
The cameras feature an integrated Fujinon 23x auto focus zoom lens that offers a wide 29-667mm (full frame 35mm equivalent) focal range and includes three ND filters. The zoom lens also features three independent manual zoom, focus and iris rings for ultimate image control.
1080p/50fps recording at 50Mb/s is also possible for those requiring slow-motion or higher frame rates for sports and high-impact sports shooting.
The new GY-HM660 will allow reporters in the field to communicate with the studio through IFB (interruptible foldback) while streaming live HD reports from the field. JVC has also added SMPTE 2022 forward error correction for increased stream reliability. The camera also includes support for Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP), which allows a direct connection to a number of content distribution networks (CDNs) including Ustream and YouTube, together with compatibility with Streamstar’s range of streaming production tools.
Both cameras are expected to be available in May with pricing details to be confirmed. JVC will be showcasing both new cameras at NAB in Las Vegas from 18th to 21st April at booth C4314.